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Carolina Beach Town Council Denies Rezoning Request; Approves Other Items

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday May 8. They denied a rezoning request on Goldsboro Avenue, postponed adopting an amended sign ordinance, and agreed not to remove a flashing sign on Canal Drive. They also held a public hearing on the proposed budget for the upcoming 2012-2013 fiscal year. They decided to hold further meetings before adopting the final budget in June.
The Council also approved placing an email terminal in the lobby at Town Hall to provide citizen access to Council and Department head emails. The Winner RV Park on N. Lake Park Blvd was requesting the Town rezone a portion of over 2.5 acres of land in an area on Goldsboro Ave.
The Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission voted at their April 12 meeting to recommend Town Council deny the request.
The rezoning would have extended the Highway Business District west along the north side of Goldsboro Avenue for several blocks.
Currently RV Parks are not a permited use in Carolina Beach. The existing RV Park existed prior to that change so they are permitted to continue operation.
The Council voted four to one with Mayor Ray Rothrock voting in favor of rezoning and Councilmembers Steve Shuttleworth, Sarah Friede, Bob Lewis and Lonnie Lashley voting against the rezoning.
The Council turned down a request to relocate the flashing sign at the corner of Canal Drive and Virginia Avenue. The sign has two flashing lights and alerts people when Canal Drive floods during astronomical high-tides or during storm events.
The owners of property adjacent to the sign said it was negatively impacting their ability to sell their vacant lot they bought in 2005. Since that time they've paid their mortgage but may face foreclosure or a short-sell with their lender.
They claimed the sign was installed after they purchased their property. That was determined to be inaccurate. A photo shows the sign in place in 2004 and Town Manager Tim Owens said after speaking with long time employees, the sign has been up since the 80's or 90's.
The Council also approved directing the Town Manager to fund the installation of an email terminal in the lobby of Town Hall. That will provide citizens access to Council and Department head emails.